2020 Workplace Health & Safety Conference

Patrick Ledwell - Master of Ceremonies

Patrick is delighted to once again join the conference as our Master of Ceremonies.

Patrick’s quick-witted comedy has brought him national recognition with regular appearances on CBC’s “The Debaters.” His signature East Coast style, accompanied with hilarious visuals, has made him a popular host for regional and national organizations. Raised on PEI, Patrick Ledwell draws on his experiences growing up in an Island family and the funny trials of staying true to his roots. He successfully delayed entering the workplace with degrees in literature and technology. After six years of teaching college, he had built up enough casual days (and e-mail nights) to supply more than enough material for a comedy career. Patrick has co-created several original stage shows. He hosted and wrote all comedy material for the hit Charlottetown Festival show, “Come All Ye.” He also appeared in two productions of “The New Potato-Time Review.” Patrick has been a featured performer at the Halifax and Moncton Comedy Festivals. His book I Am an Islander was published in 2012, with a new collection released in 2015.

Michael Landsberg - Opening Keynote

Sponsored by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and Workers' Compensation Board

Michael is intelligent, candid, and funny, speaking about his personal battle with depression—and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling.Landsberg is an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health, and the founder of #SickNotWeak, a charity that helps people understand that mental illness is a sickness, not a weakness, and creates a community around the subject of mental health. His documentary, Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. For his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness, Landsberg was honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the Canadian Screen Awards.   One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. He hosted Off the Record from its debut in 1997 to its finale in 2015 and is currently the co-host of TSN’s First Up. Twice nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, he anchored TSN’s Olympic Daytime.


Keynote Presentation: Darkness and Hope Depression, Sports, and Me

Michael Landsberg was the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN's Off the Record—and from watching his show, you'd never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Depression can affect even the most successful of athletes—from Clara Hughes, one of the great amateur athletes in Canada, to four-time World Series winner Darryl Strawberry. Landsberg shares the story of his own battle with mental illness, as well as the unexplored stories of some of the world's most recognizable sports figures, to show us that recovery, strength and hope are possible in some of our darkest times.

Candace Carnahan - Closing Keynote

Candace Carnahan believes sharing stories saves lives. More than half a million people worldwide have been moved by Candace’s personal experience of injury, resilience, and strength. Candace does more than just tell her story. She helps people understand that they can (and should) take the lead with their own well-being – and that we all have our own story to tell. She challenges audiences to think about safety as an opportunity, not an obligation.

Candace’s path as a speaker resulted from a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her leg at the age of 21. That day could have taken her life, and it was completely preventable. Candace knows too well the impact it has not only on the worker, but also on everyone around them. She weaves safety seamlessly into storytelling that is relatable and memorable and is what resonates and provokes real change in attitude and action.  Candace travels internationally, working with manufacturing, transportation, energy, and production industries, but makes Halifax, Nova Scotia her home.  She is excited to be keynoting at this event- marking over 20 years of speaking, right where she started on this journey. Her mantra “See Something. Say Something™” concludes every time she speaks and leaves audiences motivated and poised for change.


Keynote Presentation:  See Something, Say Something!

We all know the right things to do to keep safe, so why aren’t we doing them? Candace has developed a plethora of mantras throughout her years in the safety industry – but none are as powerful, effective, or as energizing as her call to action for her audience to ‘SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING!’ By referencing the many contributing factors that led to her workplace incident, she ignites a desire in her audience to answer this call. Candace uses her own experiences, and encourages her audience to join her by ‘logging into life’ and actively seek out situations where speaking up changes a life for the better. Candace believes that it’s the little things done on a day to day basis that facilitate huge changes. By reminding people that until we achieve ZERO injuries, we can each do ‘one thing safer’ – a challenge accepted by audiences around the world. Candace encourages her audience to tap in to their “courage to care,” and to act on it, with the realization that each and every day, we all have the capacity to change a life – or maybe even save one.